Some unique qualities of the program:

  • one of the only graduate programs in the country that combines nutrition, foods, and exercise and emphasizes translational research
  • numerous opportunities for research assistantships with over eight million in research funding from NIH, USDA, and other organizations
  • collaborative work with faculty members and students from other departments such as agricultural economics, biochemistry, animal and poultry sciences, food science and technology, veterinary medicine, psychology, and human development
  • opportunities to gain real-world experiences through strong ties with Virginia Cooperative Extension, statewide food and nutrition programs, health care facilities, and community agencies
  • collaboration opportunities with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute